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The ART Hotel in Denver, Colorado Appoints Candace Duran as Director of Sales & Marketing

DENVER, CO. October 7, 2015 - The ART Hotel, Denver's newest luxury property, is thrilled to announce Candace Duran, director of sales & marketing, as the lead of a robust sales team. Candace opened Commonwealth Hotel Collection's edgy new property in June, spending the last three months building a strong team with a skilled background.

Duran joined the ART Hotel prior to opening, bringing more than 13 years of industry experience. In her role, Duran oversees all aspects of hotel sales and marketing strategies in corporate, group and weddings verticals. Duran is also responsible for setting team goals and strategies for each market segment, maximizing revenue opportunities, and working with the internal and external marketing teams on advertising and public relations efforts.

"The ART Hotel is excited to have Candace playing an integral role in the growth and success of the city's newest one-of-a-kind luxury property in the heart of Denver's Museum District," said David Bodette, general manager. "The passion behind Candace and her dynamic team paired with their impressive backgrounds are the perfect combination in making the ART Hotel the market leader in Denver."

Prior to joining the ART Hotel, Duran began her career in hospitality as the food and beverage supervisor of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, then becoming the hotel's sales and marketing manager. After six years with The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, she transferred to become sales and marketing team in Denver, as the director of group sales. During her tenure, Candace was responsible for year-after-year financial growth, while creating and maintaining relationships with some of The Ritz-Carlton's most valuable and loyal guests. The ART Hotel is excited to have her play an integral role in the growth and success of the city's newest one-of-a-kind luxury property in the heart of Denver's Museum District.

The notable team further includes the new hires of Kaitlin Still, catering & conference coordinator; Lindsay M. Johnson, catering & conference sales manager; Ben Powers, national sales manager; Kim Marshall, executive administrative assistant & sales coordinator; and Gina Rodriguez, business travel and small group sales manager.

About the ART, a hotel

Located in Denver's Cultural District, the 165-room ART Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience focused on delivering Denver's most premier accommodations paired with captivating pieces of contemporary art woven through the entire guest experience. Experiential, intimate and refined, the ART is at the center of this vibrant, downtown neighborhood and is a modern architectural gem bursting with unique multi-sensory experiences that begin with guests first arriving through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that showcase masterpieces. Contemporary works grace two galleries, inspire the hotel's meeting rooms, spill into the hallways and adorn every guest room. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel let in natural light so that each piece of work can fully be experienced. Every gathering space in the hotel will become a vibrant canvas where carefully selected works captivate each of the guests' senses, curated by the esteemed Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Guests and locals can also delight at the hotel's cosmopolitan restaurant called FIRE. Helmed by Chef Chris Jakubiec, FIRE Terrace & Lounge embodies the American art and craft of playful yet sincere hospitality in a modern contemporary setting that draws on the energy of the city below. The hotel's architect is Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum. For more information, please visit http://www.thearthotel.com.

About Commonwealth Hotels Collection, LLC

Commonwealth Hotel Collection, a, division of CHI, manages a wide variety of independent and premium full-service branded hotels in multiple market segments and markets. The success we have achieved for our owners has established us as a premier hotel management company that is ready to grow through performance-based, third party management contracts as well as equity partnerships. We want to be the hotels of choice for our guests. Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." That is our goal at Commonwealth Hotel Collection, to make that difference during our guests' travel experience. As a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, the hotel is a part of a refined and globally sophisticated network in coveted locations, vibrant city centers and destination landscapes.

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